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deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


effika posted:

Pushbullet is $40/year now. I like it a lot, but not for that price.

What were the alternatives? I stopped paying attention after finding Pushbullet.

Same.
The only thing I use it for is the SMS to computer. I have too many people that insist on using SMS instead of Hangouts. I really hate typing from my phone, I've always been terrible at it (Both physical and hardware keyboards). I'd 100% of the time rather use my computer to send messages.

Moto connect worked for a little while, but my work network jacks it up so its no good to me now .

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deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Thermopyle posted:

They are quite great. I like them more than Pandora's even, which is pretty bad since that's Pandora's whole point.

I still subscribe to Pandora, even though I had youtube music key (or whatever it was called) since it came out.
I prefer pandora's radio stations. I mostly use it to go to sleep, and the stuff on there tends to be more things I know and like. Kinda like random through my library. I will always have play music just for the ad removal and the youtube background. I'll use play to listen to artist albums, or if I some new song, I'll play the artists best of from play.

The only people that I know that are even aware of google play music are really big into either google or android.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Thermopyle posted:

lol google

My favorite feature is the in app chatbots that can google search for you.. cuz ya know, my android phone is lacking in the google search department.

Also, how are they not in the same space as facebook messenger. They need to advertise hangouts if anything.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


fishmech posted:

Maybe those of you who have suddenly got less surveys should double check that location history reporting is still enabled. Sometimes it gets disabled during a major upgrade.

The other thing that happens that I always forget, if the app gets reinstalled for any reason (maybe even reoptimized after a revision release?) then the default for the survey app is to NOT be signed in. So you have to open the app, and tell it what account to use.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Busy Bee posted:

I currently have a Google Music subscription here in the US but what happens if I travel abroad to Europe? Will I still be able to listen to the music I added to my playlists / library?

I've got a music key subscription from the US and I'm currently in Nicaragua. I've had no issues. I'd suggest pinning a few stations/albums but I've listened to random things when I'm on wifi with no issues. Getting good enough data speeds is a different issue to deal with obv.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Rat Flavoured Rats posted:

Is there any particular app people would recommend for planning a holiday itinerary? Something that could easily hold all my travel details, accommodation details, and planned activities in a clear and easily navigable way would be great.

I use google docs/sheets. Works from a phone, you can share and have others edit. Links work fine, and you can put pretty pictures if you want.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


hooah posted:

Does Join's Windows app do texting? From their description it sounds like SMS is a browser-only thing, and I don't always have a browser open.

What do you do with your computer then?

Just installed it. I dont see a way to do MMS, just SMS. So that sucks.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Defenestration posted:

I will be more specific: I would like a language app that actually requires me to learn word lists and conjugations rather than game a multiple choice test for brownie points. I'd like more I have to type in the answer rather than which of these four words most looks like the latin root ok I'll pick that.

I am not currently taking a class because they are expensive and I am just interested in gaining a few hundred words for tourism purposes.

I used duolingo a few months before going to Nicaragua. The repetition is what helps. It is just a flash card based way of learning vocabulary basically, I didn't learn any real grammar. I'm not sure any of these work well w/o a class, they are mostly all going to be just vocabulary building, not conversational. I still can't speak Spanish, but I can point and say a noun. Someone that I had meet said she enjoyed babble more, but she was a Spanish major (from Germany).

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


chocolateTHUNDER posted:

I tried hangouts for SMS about a year and a half ago, and for some reason my phone randomly failed to notify me of new messages. I gave up and went back to the stock SMS app (It was a Motorola Razr M at the time, so nothing crazy) and eventually switched to Google Messenger.

Google Messenger is nice. Real nice, actually. It's dumb, but I like color-coding people/conversations

I wish they'd do that for hangouts. Really just merge the 2 it'd be great.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


KICK BAMA KICK posted:

Yeah, I mean is there something that lets me define and switch between a few different sets of those priority rules?

I use this.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=netroken.android.persistfree

I don't play around with sound enough to know if it'll work for you, but they have a free and paid option. I just like it because it makes muting everything easier.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


LastInLine posted:

What is battery saver mode? If it didn't break things, why have it toggle at all and if it does, why are you surprised?

What happens when battery saver is turned on
Battery saver limits vibration, location services, and most background data. Email, messaging, and other apps that rely on syncing may not update until you open them. You also won't be able to use Google Maps Navigation while using battery saver.

It turns on at 15% when the auto battery saver is enabled.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


flashy_mcflash posted:

I got a Cardboard-like VR headset (this one: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Reality-Headset-Controller-Smartphones/dp/B019NBVJII) recently. Is there anything new/cool for Cardboard beyond the official Cardboard app?

http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/23/hands-on-pornhub-vr/

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Rusty! posted:

Does Sky Map not run on it?

Has anyone updated this?
There are like 100 versions of this in the play store since it was open source. I just want an updated one that doesn't look like garbage.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Any one use the google play music play lists made from artists? Have you found a way to get it to only play the explicit version of songs? I feel like if there is a clean version of a song, it is picked over the original. In the settings on the web, there is an option to "block explicit songs in radio", it is unchecked.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


gariig posted:

That's been there since Duo launched, at least for me. Unfortunately, Hangouts has been crashing a couple of times a day for me since getting Nougat. If I could get the one big group Hangout I'm in onto Facebook Messenger I'd be all in, it's actually pretty good

Hangouts has need fine on N for me. Try clearing cache like mentioned.

wolfbiker posted:

Just realized I haven't had a survey pop up in MONTHS.

I'm with you, I've not had a survey since April. In total, I've run up $60 something in credit but then it just stopped.

I actually use location reporting in G+, so it should be good there.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Surprise Giraffe posted:

A relative asked how secure banking via android is. They'll be loosing access to their pc for a while and have to use a tablet for banking instead. I'd guess that so long as the banking app/connection are secure and they aren't visiting malware laden sites too often it ought to be as secure as anything else. Anyone know if that's right? Are there any particular steps they can take to make sure their tab's clean and that transactions are secure?

All the transaction security comes from the server side really. Nothing really changes except the physical from the users point of view. Depending on the bank, they may have a mobile version but the connections will probably all work the same, just different UI. I'm pretty sure android/iOS are more secure of a platform than Windows/OSx. Malware isn't much of a thing on mobile if you stay with the official stores and avoid installing shady poo poo.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


I believe on phones you've gotta install the malware/virus yourself. Its not like a desktop computer. As long as you don't install some weird app from the web, you should be fine.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


FunOne posted:

They have ultra-nerd use cases and get all twisted when something doesn't support it.

Also, 90% of the complaints with both SMS, Allo, and other poo poo would be solved if they just rolled out a native Chrome-Android notification sync service so you could reply or carry on a conversation from the desktop.

I don't think its an ultra-nerd use case issue.
Really, I use hangouts 90% of the time. I just want something that can sync from desktop to phone to tablet to mini-fridge to iOS devices. Emojii are fine, but w/e. I use like 5. Stickers are dumb, but Hangouts has them already. I like the sms combined view, but hate that they hosed up contact pictures and never bothered to fix them.

Is there 1 feature of Allo that Hangouts didn't already do? It seems like its hangouts minus stuff, instead of just solidifying hangouts.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Nitrousoxide posted:

Why is it trash? It works across platforms, regardless of what phone or network you are on.

I bet you love Apple's lightning cables over USB type C too.

It is trash. There isn't any way for the messages to stay in order. Much bigger issue with MMS, but the issue is still there. If you've been on an airplane while a group discussion is going on, it's a jumbled mess when you turn on and pull messages down. Images don't always go etc. They aren't multi device accessable (tablet, desktop). They're hard to use across international boarders. Texting other countries is a pain.

I know they're not going away, but they suck, and I avoid them as much as possiable.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


teagone posted:

Has anyone ever gotten package delivery cards with tracking numbers consistently? I think I've only gotten that card once for one of my online orders. I've had plenty of other online orders since and never get that card.

While we're bitching about Now Assistant, Does anyone still get their parking location saved? Mine would for a while when it first came out, but I mostly bike and didn't pay attention. Now apple has it and I don't think I've seen it in a few years?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Hungry Computer posted:

I haven't gotten any surveys in nearly 2 months. I guess they got tired of me choosing "None of the above" in the survey asking me which stores I've been to lately. The list always had stores next to the ones I visited, but never the ones I actually go to.

I've not gotten any since April. It annoys me more than it should. I was getting over every week or two. I check it every few weeks and sigh.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Red_Fred posted:

Background sync for the Android app is the big one. Also a paste unformatted option.

Keep doesn't have a desktop app so that's out.

EDIT: Also the fact that for some unknown reason Onenote on Android has stopped syncing. It doesn't say why anywhere just has a little red cross. I've force closed the app but it still won't work.

Keep.google.com for the desktop, not an app but?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


CascadeBeta posted:

Yeah absolutely. There's a free trial anyway so no harm in trying. I just have to remake my playlists.

That's the biggest difference I think. Curated playlists are almost always Spotify, not in play. I have seen some extensions that try and convert them, but haven't had much luck. Also haven't tried in quite a while so maybe it's better now?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


spincube posted:

I'm not talking about their image analysis, which is indeed impressive. Google Photos works on the assumption that you have a photograph with perfect, valid EXIF metadata waiting to be uploaded to their service, so it can neatly display your photos in date order - unlike Play Music, which will scan your Linux MP3s and recreate the files on their service, adding proper metadata as needed from their records to fill in the gaps.

The photo I just 'scanned' of my little sister's day off sick from school, twenty years ago, is an adorable snap I want to keep: but there's no frame of reference for exactly when it was taken. Once scanned and uploaded to Google Photos, as I can't correct the date/time metadata it's listed as taken today, which is obviously incorrect.

Keeping the scans in a folder-like structure, however, best replicates how the physical copies of my photo scans have been stored forever - i.e. '\1996, March\image_###.jpg'. In this case, the bucket-of-files method works better than the metadata method. Support for abstract metadata tags like 'March 1996' - the way all- or multiple-day events in calendar apps 'float' above regular appointments, for example - would solve my issue.

It uses visual cues from within the photo that you've uploaded to get the meta data it needs.
Upload a picture with a bike in it, then search for 'bikes', and it'll show up. You don't have to tag the photo or anything. With people, you can go through and start tagging a persons face. It can recognize faces that match and it'll tag [behind the scenes] them all together. So you label one and all of them follow. You can train it on faces to match contacts that you have as well.

For what you're after, just use dropbox or w/e. You seem to just want space to put things in your perfect folder structure. keep it like you like it.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


peepsalot posted:

Long time Pandora user, recently decided to give Google Play music a try.

I started just listening to the suggested playlists, but they are all incredibly unbearable and I run out of skips immediately. Do they get better after listening for a while, up/downvoting, etc? Or is it best to just always ignore them and search for specific bands/songs.

I preferred Pandora, but like the no ad YouTube enough to make Google music worth it. I don't think the stations are as good, but recently they made some changes. I think the finally incorporated a steaming service that was bought a few years ago.

I've found if you create a playlist of a few artist, and then create a station from the playlist, it works better.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Did you already look at power amp? It both indexes and gives a folder view.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Mogomra posted:

I'm having an issue with Tasker today.

I've got a little script set up to delete a file, and replace it by copying another version of it in its place.

It seems to work fine, and doesn't complain at all, but it's not copying the file correctly. The one I'm trying to have it copy is 2kb, the one that ends up copied is only 1kb according to the file manager. It seems so straight forward, I don't know what the heck I could be screwing up.

Does anyone with more experience here have any insight?

I'd ask in the Tasker thread, but it seems to have been archived.

Could it be a file system discrepancy? At only 2k, there isn't much room for the difference between them. Did you try an md5sum to see if they match?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


LastInLine posted:

For me it was their slowness in updating to the latest emoji. Why am I buying a phone that gets the latest updates to Android then using an app that assumes I'm two versions out of date?

I stopped using Swype when they went to Dragon naturally speaking instead of using google voice. It was way better at swyping, but that annoyed me too much. Did they switch back?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


XIII posted:

SwiftKey has recently decided that I mean "run" when I try to swipe "think". I almost never mean "run", SwiftKey. Never.


(yes, SwiftKey's swiping isn't the best, I know)

I think its a hint you need to go for a run...

Is there a way to turn off SwiftKeys ability to type multilingually? I have a spanish dictionary installed for when i use duolingo. I'm no where good enough to need it on the fly, but I get a lot of random spanish suggestions now.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


cage-free egghead posted:

I've got the beta app and I'm actually surprised this never popped up, either way that's a slick feature.

Also beta, I've not recieved it yet. I actually use the G+ locations, so this is a welcome change (back to the old way). I'm hoping it works well, but from the article it looks like it'll do exactly what I want.


e: who knows, maybe it'll work on iphones too!

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Taffer posted:

It really is fascinating. They've had this capability for at least 5 years through various apps, it boggles the mind that it hasn't been part of Maps for years.

Originally, it was. They pushed it to G+, I assume, to gain adoption.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


LastInLine posted:

Has anyone actually gotten friend locations in Maps yet? They removed them from Google+ but so far I don't have them in Maps.

Nope!
XIII and I already started are Google bitching over it as well. I just used it this afternoon to track the GF to the airport, she's iPhone.

#googled

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Blue Train posted:

I always thought it was weird that my friend's husband was always tracking her location or asking her to send it to him. Learning a lot itt

My gf is on an iPhone, so it takes effort for her to send it. I primarily use it for friends and my brother. He's always loving late, so i track when he actually left his house, we're about 30 min in opposite directions from my grandparents. gently caress getting stuck there solo.

Ive got my nexus 5x on Android O. Its all up to date, location / location history are on. drat you google.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Thermopyle posted:

Yeah, just coordinating our lives is why we do it when we do it.

To be honest we got out of the habit of sharing our locations in real time like that for some reason and we use the feature in hangouts where you can ask "where are you" and on their end it prompts them to share their current location.

That's not as convenient, so I imagine we'll go back to real time location sharing IF when it shows back up in maps.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


LastInLine posted:

You can see shared locations on the web? loving finally.

Wooop.
JUST got it. I had a G+ update earlier today, but just recieved another. Looks like its up and at it!
I'm liking it so far. I've already set it to share my location with my normal group. But then you can hit the plus in the top right to share for a specific amount of time with other contacts. And you can even just get a link and txt that out (for the internet view as mentioned). I don't see the shared contacts (XIII has it and shared with me) just in my maps.google.com, but i do in the map app. Wee!

vyst posted:

I'm just shocked to see people using Google plus

I use it for Locations (no longer) and Events. I've got a friend that has refused facebook for the last 5 years or better, but they work at google so they use G+ events.

deong fucked around with this message at 18:29 on Mar 28, 2017

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


incogneato posted:

Is anyone else having all sorts of old/unwanted contacts show up when trying to share location in the new Maps feature? My wife shows up like three times, as does another friend I tried it out with. Each of them only have a single entry in my contacts app. I think the extra entries in the maps sharing may be unused email addresses that I've merged long ago. But even if so, the Maps sharing doesn't give any indication which is which, so I just get to guess which "Bob Smith" I should send it to. Guess right and they get a notification, guess wrong they get an email to a dead account.

Seems kind of odd given that sharing across Android has become pretty smart and streamlined, but a new feature rolled out in an existing app inexplicably works differently.

See: thread title.

I've got the same issue. And yes, it's merged contacts.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Nostalgia4Infinity posted:

Edge case user request incoming!

I'm looking for a calendar widget that will show both appointments and reminders like the default widget but is also transparent.

Thank you!

I'm also wanting to update my calendar widget.
Currently using APW (still). Its old as poo poo and all the themes are ugly. If they had a material design one that fit with N, it'd still be fine.

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


22 Eargesplitten posted:

Are there any alarm clock apps that say something rather than making a noise? I'm thinking for when I have early meetings it would be nice to have it remind me so I don't act like I need to go in at the normal time.

AMDroid, along with many others, will let you pick an MP3 file. So you can find/make a quick recording that says "You've got a meeting in 15 dummy" or something similar?

deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


LastInLine posted:

Enable Developer options (usually Settings > About phone, tap the Build number seven times), scroll down under Networking and enable "Aggressive Wi-Fi to Cellular Handover".

Are there downsides to this?
It seems like so.ething that'd be common to want.

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deong
Jun 13, 2001

I'll see you in heck!


Vykk.Draygo posted:

Google just sent me a survey about a Google search I did about twenty minutes ago, and gave me $0.83 for it. Has anybody seen that before?

I recently got asked the likelihood of watching a video of a channel I subscribe to, and I watch most videos of. Then another video question that I've also watched. And lastly, a question of which I'm more likely to watch...

Didn't know how to answer that since I watched both muffle times (bmx videos).

First question since January once I turned 35 Google stopped sending me rewards.

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